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BIZET, G.: Piano Music (Complete) (Severus)

Composer(s):Bizet, Georges
Artist(s) Severus, Julia, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570831-32
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Georges Bizet’s popular L’Arlésienne Suites are seldom heard in the composer’s own piano transcriptions. Indeed, his delightful compositions and arrangements for this instrument remain to be discovered by many listeners. Bizet was himself an accomplished pianist, whose solo piano works range across many different genres and styles from the Chopinesque lyricism of the Nocturnes and Chansons sans paroles to the virtuosic Caprices and Chasse fantastique and the highly dramatic Variations chromatiques. Julia Severus, who as a member of the Aurora Duo has released recordings of piano transcriptions of music by Tchaikovsky, Balakirev and Glazunov (8.557717 and ), here makes her solo recording début for the label.



Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,June 2011

Bizet’s chamber music works are fairly well known, yet one does not usually associate him with solo piano music. On the evidence of these two discs, he produced quite a few such works—even without the keyboard versions of the Arlesienne suites. There is a great variety of forms and moods on these two discs, and in Julia Severus Bizet enjoys more than a sympathetic performer, for in addition to her impressive credentials, she comes across as a major interpretive and probing artist of international calibre. What came as a bit of a shock to me was that Bizet died so young! One thinks of poor Pergolesi, or even Mozart and Schubert dying before their time, but Music would have no doubt been further enriched had Bizet lived beyond 37 or 38 years!


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